Ocean Navigator - October 2015

Trashy Transpac

There was not one competitor in this year’s Transpac race who was not affected by trash and debris floating in the North Pacific gyre.

Second Race to Alaska set

Organizers of the popular Race to Alaska have decided to move forward with a second Race to Alaska next year.

Canine lifesavers

Newfoundland dogs, known for their gentle demeanor, strength and swimming ability, have a long history of rescuing sailors and fishermen from the sea.

NYYC celebrates 159th Annual Cruise

New York Yacht Club burgees and signal flags from a fleet of about 75 sail and power yachts graced the Belfast, Maine, waterfront on Aug. 12-13.

Keeping current

Previously we touched on some of the details involving staying in charge of your trawler’s 12V DC battery bank system. The next step is to develop a working understanding of how your ship’s 120V system is designed and installed to help ensure you keep current with your AC power demands.

Hanging by a thread

As we sized-up the scale of challenge facing us in getting back on board, I yelled to James, “There is NO WAY that I’m getting back on that boat!”

Is the lagoon half empty or half full?

During the past three seasons in French Polynesia, we have observed the frustration many captains feel as they leave their emotion-laden Marquesas landfalls to navigate the sometimes tricky passes of the atolls of the Tuamotus.

Yacht Review: Morris Yachts M52

Ever since Morris Yachts’ introduction of the Sparkman & Stephens-designed M29, the iconic Maine builder has continued to develop and refine the series of these classically beautiful yachts.

Yacht Review: Dehler 42

Dehler is part of Hanse Yachts AG, the German conglomerate that includes Hanse, Moody and Varianta sailboats, plus Fjord and Sealine motor yachts.

Lightning strikes twice

Lightning does strike twice. I know because I am in the unenviable position of having not one but two of my boats blasted by the beast.

October Issue 229: The Palatine light

Sometimes between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, there is a ghostly light not unlike St. Elmo’s fire seen rising off the northern tip of Block Island.